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TheShaun

Hall of Fame
My driver side windshield wiper has been leaving streaks and not cleaning the windshield clearly. This happens when the wipers are new too. Doesn't matter if they're cheapo ones or pricier ones. The passenger side works fine. Could I need a new wiper arm? Maybe it's not applying enough pressure anymore? It's a 2000 Civic.

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just lift up the arm and check if the spring is still functioning correctly. it should be pretty obvious.

something that might help would be to try using a product called aquapel. it's the best thing out there that i've used. it typically last me at least 6 months, and you can use your wipers all you want and it wear it out.
 

CanadianChic

Hall of Fame
There is a very strong odour of burning rubber when I drive. I had my oil filter and oil changed not long ago.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
just lift up the arm and check if the spring is still functioning correctly. it should be pretty obvious.

something that might help would be to try using a product called aquapel. it's the best thing out there that i've used. it typically last me at least 6 months, and you can use your wipers all you want and it wear it out.
The arm seems to go up and down like normal. That is to say, I think the spring may be ok. Is Aquapel similar to Rain-X?
 
similar but different. aquapel chemically bonds with the glass while rain-x just coats it with silicone.

just go to aquapel.com/ i bought a ton of applicators on the bay a few years ago and i still have a ton.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
You could also take a window razor blade (the kind you use to scrape paint off of windows) and scrape down the windshield and then clean it with some de-greaser followed by window cleaner. Sometimes things like tree sap for example get on the windshield.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
I believe Jolly is a mechanic so perhaps he'll comment. I had a similar issue a while back and it turned out to be some sticky stuff (still don't know what worryingly) on my windshield. This was causing my wiper to stick and then jump a little giving streaks.
 

TheShaun

Hall of Fame
You could also take a window razor blade (the kind you use to scrape paint off of windows) and scrape down the windshield and then clean it with some de-greaser followed by window cleaner. Sometimes things like tree sap for example get on the windshield.
I believe Jolly is a mechanic so perhaps he'll comment. I had a similar issue a while back and it turned out to be some sticky stuff (still don't know what worryingly) on my windshield. This was causing my wiper to stick and then jump a little giving streaks.
Perhaps I'll look into this. But this has been a problem for a while now.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
Perhaps I'll look into this. But this has been a problem for a while now.
Some type of coating on the glass would be a problem for awhile, sometimes years. If it doesn't come off just washing the windshield with your washer fluid while driving then there is a good chance it will dry out on the glass, especially taking into account the heat from the sun, staying there until physically removed (thus the scraper). Anything oil based also probably won't wash off which is why I suggested the degreaser.
 

topspin

Semi-Pro
There is a very strong odour of burning rubber when I drive. I had my oil filter and oil changed not long ago.
Could it be the burning rubber from the tires as you're peeling away while blasting music and wearing your cool shades? LMAO....

Serious reply now: hmm well I'm no mechanic but I can tell you that it's common to smell burning rubber if the mechanic removed the oil filter before draining the oil. Or if he/she was sloppy and dropped some oil around the engine when pouring the new oil. Either case would cause the oil to burn as you drive. That is one possibility. Another is to check your belts. There could be one about to blow.

I'm sure there are other probable causes. Maybe some more mechanic-savvy posters can chime in.
 

CanadianChic

Hall of Fame
Thanks for the replies. I know it is not related but didn't want to start a new thread when I could piggy back. I think the tires could use a change but I am getting a new car before that happens. Possibly burning oil. No stereo in my car....long story.
 

Madhoshi22

Rookie
hmm well I'm no mechanic but I can tell you that it's common to smell burning rubber if the mechanic removed the oil filter before draining the oil. Or if he/she was sloppy and dropped some oil around the engine when pouring the new oil. Either case would cause the oil to burn as you drive. That is one possibility. Another is to check your belts. There could be one about to blow.
That could be one reason, however, she didn't say how old the car was, oil could be seeping past the piston rings and getting into the combustion chamber if the car is indeed burning oil.

Also she should check the oil level, and make sure it isn't low.
 

LanEvo

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Thanks for the replies. I know it is not related but didn't want to start a new thread when I could piggy back. I think the tires could use a change but I am getting a new car before that happens. Possibly burning oil. No stereo in my car....long story.
i have time to hear this story, so please do tell ...
 

CanadianChic

Hall of Fame
All right, I only have a few minutes before I need to go pass out but I'll share. I love my car...she has gotten me through more blizzards, highway trips, etc. than I could ever be thankful enough for, but I know she is on her last leg. My step-father refuses to do any more work on her (the recent oil change was the last straw) and my family is forever on about getting a new one. I will, but it's hard to part with her and I am practical and feel that I'll run her until she's finished with me.

Anyway, the first time someone broke into her was about six years ago. I'm not exactly sure. I had bought her used but she was new to me. I used to fake bake back then and had foolishly left my tanning bag with about two hundred dollars worth of lotion in the back seat. They broke the window, stole my stereo and dumped my lotions out.

I was angry but forged ahead and had a new stereo installed. About six months later, someone broke in again. I had a Milli Vanilli tape in the glove compartment (another story) and they broke my window, stole my stereo and my cd's but left the tape. Apparently they are above MV. lol.

I tried yet again and had a third stereo installed. I never left the face plate on figuring no one would want it without the plate. Oh, foolish me. She was broken into yet again, broken window and stolen stereo. After the last time I just said @#$% it and didn't bother again. I miss listening to my music in the car and look forward to that again, but not until she's ready to say goodbye. I will need to retire her soon though because there is no way she'll make it through another winter.

As for the oil, I don't know if any was spilled but the level is still high.
 

mtommer

Hall of Fame
All right, I only have a few minutes before I need to go pass out but I'll share. I love my car...she has gotten me through more blizzards, highway trips, etc. than I could ever be thankful enough for, but I know she is on her last leg. My step-father refuses to do any more work on her (the recent oil change was the last straw) and my family is forever on about getting a new one. I will, but it's hard to part with her and I am practical and feel that I'll run her until she's finished with me.

Anyway, the first time someone broke into her was about six years ago. I'm not exactly sure. I had bought her used but she was new to me. I used to fake bake back then and had foolishly left my tanning bag with about two hundred dollars worth of lotion in the back seat. They broke the window, stole my stereo and dumped my lotions out.

I was angry but forged ahead and had a new stereo installed. About six months later, someone broke in again. I had a Milli Vanilli tape in the glove compartment (another story) and they broke my window, stole my stereo and my cd's but left the tape. Apparently they are above MV. lol.

I tried yet again and had a third stereo installed. I never left the face plate on figuring no one would want it without the plate. Oh, foolish me. She was broken into yet again, broken window and stolen stereo. After the last time I just said @#$% it and didn't bother again. I miss listening to my music in the car and look forward to that again, but not until she's ready to say goodbye. I will need to retire her soon though because there is no way she'll make it through another winter.

As for the oil, I don't know if any was spilled but the level is still high.
See, this is why you should learn to install stereo equipment yourself. j/k (but I'm glad I learned how).

I also had someone break my window and try to steal my stereo. They even had a small hand sized crow bar (I'm guessing based on the marks) that they tried to use. I'm fortunate that I've learned quite a bit about car stereo customization, installation and fabrication so I designed a mount with some hidden catches. If one doesn't know they are there you have to literally cut through the dashboard panel with a grinder in order to get the unit out. I suspected they might be back and at about 4:30 the next morning, sure enough, they were back. Fortunately a little someone has a truck (decent ground clearance) so I spent the night under my truck with a baseball bat. Surprisingly, not that uncomfortable by the way. Three teens got a nice little surprise that morning and two were the grandsons of my next door neighbor. I kind of suspected them which is part of the reason why I had a feeling they would be back. I could tell by the lack of surprise and the looks that passed between them that they knew what had happened before I did. Well, needless to say the police were called as well as the next door neighbor's landlord. The grandsons haven't been back.

Here's the funny part. They never touched my subs or speakers or my Liquidmetal Radical OS racquets I had in my truck at the time. I made a point of telling my next door neighbors (who hadn't told me a thing) how stupid the thieves were for leaving almost $400 worth of speakers and (at the time) almost $300 worth of tennis racquets in the truck, only going after a lousy $150 stereo unit. They were pissed but couldn't say anything (isn't the ability to read body language great :D). I admit though, part of the reason I told them that was specifically to try and goad a second attempt from them.
 

TENNIS_IS_FUN

Professional
See, this is why you should learn to install stereo equipment yourself. j/k (but I'm glad I learned how).

I also had someone break my window and try to steal my stereo. They even had a small hand sized crow bar (I'm guessing based on the marks) that they tried to use. I'm fortunate that I've learned quite a bit about car stereo customization, installation and fabrication so I designed a mount with some hidden catches. If one doesn't know they are there you have to literally cut through the dashboard panel with a grinder in order to get the unit out. I suspected they might be back and at about 4:30 the next morning, sure enough, they were back. Fortunately a little someone has a truck (decent ground clearance) so I spent the night under my truck with a baseball bat. Surprisingly, not that uncomfortable by the way. Three teens got a nice little surprise that morning and two were the grandsons of my next door neighbor. I kind of suspected them which is part of the reason why I had a feeling they would be back. I could tell by the lack of surprise and the looks that passed between them that they knew what had happened before I did. Well, needless to say the police were called as well as the next door neighbor's landlord. The grandsons haven't been back.

Here's the funny part. They never touched my subs or speakers or my Liquidmetal Radical OS racquets I had in my truck at the time. I made a point of telling my next door neighbors (who hadn't told me a thing) how stupid the thieves were for leaving almost $400 worth of speakers and (at the time) almost $300 worth of tennis racquets in the truck, only going after a lousy $150 stereo unit. They were pissed but couldn't say anything (isn't the ability to read body language great :D). I admit though, part of the reason I told them that was specifically to try and goad a second attempt from them.
LOL hilarious story... i can't believe you hid underneath your car with a baseball bat HAHAHHAAH ...the image is just hilarious to me. How did your chat with the police officer go? "yea i knew they would be back so i hid underneath my truck with a baseball back waiting...' You said you hid underneath your truck at night and saw the teenagers in the morning. How long were you waiting?
 
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mtommer

Hall of Fame
How did your chat with the police officer go? "yea i knew they would be back so i hid underneath my truck with a baseball back waiting...'
Pretty much actually although I explained in more detail why I thought they would be back. The officer and her partner got a kick out of it actually. She knew the kids/family from previous run-ins. I didn't actually use the baseball bat. It was more as a threat tactic than anything else. It worked though, along with a bit of acting, in keeping all three there.

You said you hid underneath your truck at night and saw the teenagers in the morning. How long were you waiting?
I sneaked out (being neighbors they would know if I was coming out - and you better believe they keep an eye out on us (long story)) around 2:30. I'm usually up around that time anyway and most of these type of incidents in general happen between 2 and 5-6 in the morning. I tell ya' what though, never have I heard someone scream in fear so loud before. Imagine being grabbed by the ankles and pulled down at 4:30 in the morning. It's dark, your already tense watching the house and then WHAMMM!!!! I kid you not, the middle kid (I grabbed the two on the wings to box the middle kid in and make him less likely to be able to run) peed his pants.
 

topspin

Semi-Pro
All right, I only have a few minutes before I need to go pass out but I'll share. I love my car...she has gotten me through more blizzards, highway trips, etc. than I could ever be thankful enough for, but I know she is on her last leg. My step-father refuses to do any more work on her (the recent oil change was the last straw) and my family is forever on about getting a new one. I will, but it's hard to part with her and I am practical and feel that I'll run her until she's finished with me.

Anyway, the first time someone broke into her was about six years ago. I'm not exactly sure. I had bought her used but she was new to me. I used to fake bake back then and had foolishly left my tanning bag with about two hundred dollars worth of lotion in the back seat. They broke the window, stole my stereo and dumped my lotions out.

I was angry but forged ahead and had a new stereo installed. About six months later, someone broke in again. I had a Milli Vanilli tape in the glove compartment (another story) and they broke my window, stole my stereo and my cd's but left the tape. Apparently they are above MV. lol.

I tried yet again and had a third stereo installed. I never left the face plate on figuring no one would want it without the plate. Oh, foolish me. She was broken into yet again, broken window and stolen stereo. After the last time I just said @#$% it and didn't bother again. I miss listening to my music in the car and look forward to that again, but not until she's ready to say goodbye. I will need to retire her soon though because there is no way she'll make it through another winter.

As for the oil, I don't know if any was spilled but the level is still high.
Milli Vanilli??? Oh no, I think I just lost all respect for you:) lol jk

It sucks to have your car broken into. I was driving an 88 Camry until 2005. It was so rusty that the latch to open the trunk did not function anymore. That ended up being a good thing though. When they broke in the car, they could not open the trunk, lol. And the trunk had a few items of value (battery pack, cables etc). Anyhow the car was up for sale at the time. Got a new car shortly after. It is somewhat strange how we get attached to our cars though. It was sad to see it go, even though it had had a lot of problems over the years. But moving on to a nice new car was good and fun.
 
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